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    LupitaMarie asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    What am I looking at with regards to radiation and chemo side effects.

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      ticklingcancer

      I can't speak to the radiation but I did receive a 12 week course of chemo. Everyone reacts differently. For me, fatigue and nausea were really bad. White blood cell, red blood cells and platelets were destroyed. The low white blood cells lead to an injection of neupogen and neulasta. Both caused really bad bone aches. Nothing was done for my platelets but the low red blood cells resulted in a blood transfusion. One of the chemos, cisplatin, caused severe neuropathy that I'm still dealing with almost a year later. I was receiving chemo 5 days per week and would then get 2 weeks off to recover. Your father may experience some, all or none of the effects. I talked to a guy that went through the same chemo treatment as I did and he had very few side effects.

      about 4 years ago
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      I am in agreement that everyone is different. With chemo, at first, I had a nagging cough -- some throat pain (in the throat wall - not a sore throat) bowel problems, etc -- then, as i continued - fatigue, etc -- the 2nd and 3rd days would be couch days. I had no nausea which I appreciated. Radiation was a breeze compared to chemo -- I did get burned whereas I had to take a week off to heal. The fatigue increased somewhat. I posted the details of my journey on my wall which describes the side effects that I experienced. I wish you the best.

      about 4 years ago
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      Hello,...Thank you so much for the replies on the question of side-effects. I realize that this was tooooo big of a question to post, as everyone responds differently. So, as my father slowly ends his 2nd week of chemo/radiation therapy, he is starting to show signs of nausea and severe redness due to the radiation. Starting searching online for alternative ways to deal with the redness by way of herbs, homeopathic remedies, etc., I thought how ridiculous this is to not pose the question here.
      Duuuu! ...as I talk to myself (LOL)...I do that alot lately, as I try and rationalize everything that is going on with my father having to go through this awful experience.
      SO, I ask y'all....any secret remedies to help aid in the burning affects the radiation has caused. I of course will follow up with the oncologist before trying to put some crazy concoction all over his face :) Thanks for help!!

      about 4 years ago
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    LupitaMarie asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    How do you know if you should look into another Dr. or Surgeon, etc?

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      BLBragg

      You have received all very good advice here, (as usual for this site) Our doctors moved at what I describe at an alarming pace. Once a diagnosis was made we asked if we could take a "few days off" and our medical oncologist, ENT and medical radiologist all said "NO" and they were emphatic about it. As soon as doubts begin to crop into your mind it is wise to get a second opinion, otherwise you will constantly be looking back and saying, but what if...A second opinion won't hurt and may put your fears and anxieties to rest.

      about 4 years ago
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      It is always good to have another opinion (in my opinion) just for the peace of mind it can bring.

      Best regards and luck,
      vet613

      about 4 years ago
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      Thank you so much for all the replies!!! I think I'm just freakin out a little. As always so much other crud going on with the family that just clouds this. Being the main child dealing with my father in this, has just been hard.
      All of your advise has put me a bit at ease. It helps being able to talk about it...ya know.
      So many questions, so many thoughts of what if's can make ya go a little crazy. We are only two months in so we are all in a little shock still and I am trying to get my bearing on this. The good news is, is that he is having his first radiation and chemo today, and tomorrow off to UCLA to have the new lumps looked at and possibly biopsy.
      Trying to take one day at a time....so with that being said...TODAY IS A GOOD DAY! Until my next freak out my new friends....May your day be a good day too :)

      about 4 years ago